I used to have a really nifty tradition of baking pumpkin bread in mini loaves to give away as First Day of Fall gifts. I’ve let that tradition slide in recent years, and some seasons I don’t get around to making the bread at all, let alone giving some away. It’s too bad because it is probably the best recipe I have ever come up with.
I did set aside yesterday afternoon for some purely selfish pumpkin bread baking. Technically it was a day late, but it doesn’t need to be the actual first day of fall if they’re just for me and my guys. I made them into muffins, and since we each have our own taste preferences and dietary requirements, I customized them a bit and sprinkled chopped walnuts on some of them and chocolate chips on some others.
The family reviews are in, and they are favorable as usual. (Don’t tell them that I healthified these and that they are made entirely with white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose – it’s surprisingly unnoticeable!)
I’ve just had one of the walnutty variety for my breakfast, and it was just the perfect bite of autumnal goodness. Mmmmmmmm. I could eat these all day, but my waistline might have something to say about that.
Today is my Dad’s birthday and we’re visiting tonight. If I were a nice person, I’d bring some of those muffins with me to share with the rest of the family. I am a nice person, but I haven’t decided yet if I am that selfless 😜
I have a cup of pumpkin puree leftover, by the way. Any suggestions for how I should use it up? Usually I let it sit in the fridge until it grows a nice little pile of mold on top of it, and then I throw it away. I was thinking maybe this year I’d try to put it to somewhat better use…
BTW, this week? All about the stripes. And a little bit about the poisonous front yard fungi, too.
So, what is This Week in Pictures?
It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.
Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…
365 📱: 2016 261/366 – I spent about an hour at TMC’s grand opening. Here’s my little section of the store. [Taken at TMC’s Boutique in New Providence, NJ.]
Instagram 📱: I have two observations to make: 1. The number of times I can walk past a pair of earrings I like and not buy them is three. Today it was my fourth time seeing these @made.with.clay beauties at @tmcsboutique and my resolve just melted. 2. My new earrings match my drink. I 💚 green. [Taken at Starbucks.]
Instagram 📱: A #pdcmaybabyblanket off the hook, blocked, and ready for its new home 💙
Instagram 📱: So, I had an idea for a new shawl using the @juneprycefibers I bought at last weekend’s #njsheepandfiberfestival and I cast on last night. So far, so good. Not sure yet what I’m going to call it, but if it comes out as nice in Real Life as the idea is in my mind, I will name it and publish it 😊
365 📷: 2016 262/366 – Sunday back yard patio knitting. It’s a Good Thing.
365 📷: 2016 263/366 – These fungi on the front lawn were about half this size yesterday!
Instagram 📱: Oh, this rainy Monday! ☔ I resisted the temptation to sit around sipping coffee and knitting (strong as that temptation was) and instead took myself to Starbucks (aka my mobile office) to accomplish some of the important business tasks on my list. Now that I’ve been productive, I can treat myself with a few rows of knitting on this still unnamed shawl while I slurp up the dregs of my second blonde roast ☕
365 📷: 2016 264/366 – The front lawn fungi continue to mutate. Usually by this time Neil has kicked them over, but we kinda both want to see where they go from here.
Instagram 📱: I finished my shawl! And these colors are just perfect. I still need a name for it before I can publish the pattern. Any suggestions? [Update: I am calling it “Vertical Hold” and I blogged about it here.]
365 📷: 2016 265/366 – I finished my shawl. I loooooove these colors! I’m going to write up a pattern, but first I will probably knit another sample in different colors so you can better see the striping design.
Instagram 📱: The job hunt continues. And it does so in a coffee shop wearing a new knit scarf and shiny shoes, because I was having trouble focusing on the task while at home in my PJs ☕ [Taken at Starbucks.]
Instagram 📱: I started another #pdcverticalhold wrap in colors that will help to demonstrate the striping pattern. I’m glad this is a quick knit, because I usually have very little patience for making the same thing twice in a row 😊
365 📷: 2016 266/366 – Only 100 more days left in 2016 – that’s hard to believe! I started this new project, and while it will eventually have five distinct colors in it, right now it looks lind of like a bumble bee…
Instagram 📱: But first, coffee☕. And maybe a few rows of knitting 😊
365 📷: 2016 267/366 – I’ve had this little sewing corner set up for a few months. I keep telling myself I will put it away when I finish the one little project I still wanted to make. And yet, I haven’t touched that one little project. I think I need to pull the plug on that idea and put this stuff away once and for all. I need the space to work on some new polymer clay stuff ☺
I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!